Ascott opens eighth property in Saudi Arabia

Ascott opens eighth property in Saudi Arabia

Citadines Abha marks the group’s sixth regional opening this year

The Ascott Limited, one of the leading international lodging owner-operators, has announced the opening of its eighth property in Saudi Arabia with the launch of Citadines Abha, in partnership with Almutlaq Real Estate Investment Co (AREIC). 

The 140-unit hotel apartment marks the sixth regional opening for the group this year, as it forges ahead with its expansion plans for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Citadines Abha takes Ascott’s operational footprint to 1,062 keys in KSA and 2,391 across the region.

Nestled 7,450ft above sea level in the mountainous district of Abha, the property overlooks the Asir Mountains and offers easy access to Abha’s vibrant leisure excursions, including shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment hubs. 

Designed to optimise living spaces, Citadines Abha features a variety of apartments that cater to the needs of different types of travellers. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool, gym, resident’s lounge, restaurant, meeting rooms and a business centre.

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Ascott managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India Vincent Miccolis says: “Saudi Arabia continues to be a key source market for Ascott, considering the rising needs for global living standards by expats and international guests on business and leisure, as well as domestic travellers keen to explore the local gems and opportunities within the country. 

The government has in recent years invested significantly into the strategic expansion of the country’s tourism and hospitality sectors, to establish the kingdom as a top tourist destination. 

Merging this ambitious vision to our brand, Ascott is renowned for its international hospitality standards. We believe that our latest address, Citadines Abha, will bring a new dimension to leisure and business travel in the city, providing premium short and long-term stay options.”

AREIC chairman Tariq Almutlaq added: “AREIC is delighted to partner with Ascott on its journey in Saudi Arabia, offering the residents and visitors of Al Khobar an experience of world-class serviced living with exclusive amenities. 


“In collaboration with AREIC, Ascott’s growing portfolio in the kingdom contributes to its robust development, which is an essential part of the Saudi Vision 2030, led by His Royal Highness Prince Mohamad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, deputy prime minister and chairman of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs. Ascott is an internationally-awarded upscale brand and we look forward to a formidable partnership to provide more exclusive serviced hotel developments across Saudi Arabia in the near future.”

To mark the opening, Citadines Abha is offering Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) members triple rewards points and up to 20% off when booking their stay. 

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